He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9



Pictures from our date

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
 ~George Eliot

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
 ~Albert Camus

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. 
~Elizabeth Lawrence

falling leaves

hide the path

so quietly

~John Bailey, "Autumn," a haiku year, 2001
as posted on oldgreypoet.com

No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
 ~Robert Adams, Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques, May 1995

Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Hip Hip Horray

Yay for two 4-hour stretches of sleep!
Yay for getting to sleep in on Saturday morning!
Yay for getting a huge project done that has been bugging my brain!
Yay for going on a cool date with David!
Yay for 5-year olds who love to hold babies!
Yay for Daddy overseeing kid chores!
Yay for a whole free Saturday to get caught up!

I feel like a person this morning.  And David and I are planning a fun date this afternoon:  a fall photography date and 18-list review.

I've found that lately I haven't  been using my lens so much to just capture the beautiful things around me.  And I've got a hankerin' to photograph some pumpkins and leaves.  We have matching cameras (ain't that cute?) so we don't have to sit around and wait for each other to finish our shots.  AND we don't have to tell each other how to do it.  I'm free to be me.   We also plan to have lunch and review our parenting 18-list, if I can find it in the computer archives (no time to explain the list....I'd like to do a post about it later). 

Hope you have a happy Saturday.  Hope I do, too.  I'm afraid there are some flu bugs lurking in the corners of our home.  So I'm hoping to have the most wonderful day possible before they crawl out and get us.
(picture by David)

The REAL Bio

I have no business being on the computer at all this morning, but it's David's fault.  He got an email this morning from someone needing my bio for Youth Challenge and brought it to my foggy attention.  They need it tomorrow - and they'll get it, I'm sure.  They'll get the "received her degrees in....and married so and so....and currently resides in...." bio.   But as my twisted brain got to turning, I couldn't help but share with you,  dear friends and lurkers....

                                  the REAL bio of Sarah Fry!

Sarah spent her early years pretty much confused about what she wanted to study, be and do. God had mercy and gave her a brilliant man who has it together. These days, Sarah is suffering from a constipated brain as a result of a severe sleep deficit (because she’s too dense to figure out how to get her new baby to sleep through the night.) Her house is suffering from a depressing case of behindness. She and her husband had a squabble in the middle of the night over babies and bright lights and who knows what so she spent one of the night feedings fantasizing about sneaking away to her mother’s and leaving him alone with the children. She vacillates between feeling semi-confident about her place in life and feeling totally inadequate and mediocre at best about herself and everything she does. Sarah is overweight, overwhelmed and over-sensitive. But she loves her kids beyond description. She’s crazy about her handsome husband. She savors the small things. She values her true friends. She has finally realized there is incredible rest in God’s grace. And she dreams of someday jogging peacefully alone in the early morning hours, then going back to her company-clean house, putting her skinny self to bed and sleeping until she wants to wake up .

Now that I got that ridiculous nonsense out of my system, I'm going to shut down the computer, fix a bottle for the incessantly hungry baby, let Karissa feed him, and choose a project to throw my exhausted self into with the force and energy of a limp string been.  Happy day to you all.


Corin - 10 weeks, 4 days

"It is not a slight thing
when those so fresh from God love us." 
~ Dickens


Let's Talk....

I love the coziness of Autumn.  It makes me want to snuggle up and read a book (Who am I kidding?  Every season makes me want to do that!).  Or bake something savory and linger at the table with my husband.  I love to walk outside and catch that first breath of the crisp, fresh air.  I love arranging straw bales and pumpkins and corn stalks in my yard.  I love to drive down the road as the fall colors whiz by and look at the glowing lights of homes in the evening.  I LOVE to smell woodsmoke!  And  I admit - I love the promise of Christmas and snowflakes in the air.  Just this morning, Caiden (3) asked "When does it snow?"  I am crazy about every season.  But right now..this one's my favorite.

I like to hear my friends talk about things.... to hear you share about your life, your world, your happy day, your goofy kids.  Or even to laugh with you about your poopy diaper day or your frustrating job or your opinion on the troubles of the world.  I learn from you. 

So on that note....I'd like to hear you talk about something today.  It's something general, but maybe it will get you to share with us this morning.  And I'd really love to hear your thoughts.

"What do you love about autumn?"

Here's how it works: 
1. Post your thoughts (or a quote or a picture) on your blog.
2. Click below ("you're next") to add your blog link to the list. 
3. Your blog link will be added to the list and we'll come visit you!

Have a happy fall day, friends!


Unseen Friend

Photo:  One of David's Chicago trip shots & a favorite love note.

I laid on my bed in the dark with happy child wildness muffled outside the door. 
Turned on the fan; Put my good ear down and my part-deaf ear up to muffle more.
And I cried.  Let the stress run out in tears.  Let my soul unclog.
I have friends....and I thought of them with gratefulness....but I prayed for a friend anyway.
In His own way, He sent this one to minister to me tonight.  She doesn't know me, but she understands.  Maybe her words will come alongside you, too, and keep you company.

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